A new build of Windows 11 has arrived for Insiders in the Dev Channel just after the presentation of the new Microsoft Surface devices. The version number is 22463, and it comes from the RS_PRERELEASE branch. As the official launch date of the operating system approaches, Microsoft recently intensified the release of Windows 11 experimental versions.
The build consists of a substantial list of quality improvements and various bug fixes; also from the point of view of the user experience. In particular, the incorrect alignment of the taskbar icons has finally got a fixe. Microsoft explains that it will take some time for big news to appear . Among the most significant improvements of this build it is worth mentioning:
In File Explorer just do CTRL + Shift + C to copy the full path of the selected folder. In addition the high contrast theme has been changed slightly based on Insider feedback. Also, an icon is now available in the Quick Settings next to the volume slider; to make managing audio outputs and inputs more immediate.
Microsoft also takes the opportunity to report that PowerToys; the open-source suite of small utilities for advanced users, are finally available in the Microsoft Store and support Windows 11. In fact, they have already arrived a few days ago, but at least now it’s official.
Changes and Improvements
- When you have a file or folder selected in File Explorer, you can now use CTRL + Shift + C to copy the path to your clipboard.
- Rounded the corners of the pop-ups shown when clicking “identify displays” in Display Settings.
- Made some small adjustments to the contrast theme colors based on feedback, including making hyperlinks a little more distinct on hover when using the desert theme.
- Added an icon next to the volume slider in Quick Settings to help make the option for managing audio endpoints more discoverable.
- Update the Windows Ease of Access folder in Start’s All apps list to now simply be Accessibility.
- Added an option to Focus Assist settings so you can choose whether or not you would like Focus Assist to be automatically enabled for the first hour after a Windows feature update.
At the same time, the new preliminary build of Windows 11 received a lot of fixes aimed at improving the stability of the OS. The developers have fixed a bug due to which the explorer could freeze when using the internal search engine. The icons on the taskbar are centered so that the Show Hidden Icons button does not overlap them. The “System” menu can now be called from the context menu that appears when you right-click on the “Start” button or by using the Win + x keys. The new build of the OS has received many other fixes to improve stability. Check out the developer blog for a full list of them .